Game Notes: Liberty vs. Wings

**COURTESY NEW YORK LIBERTY**

New York Liberty (1-0) vs. Dallas Wings (1-0)

Sunday, May 15 – Madison Square Garden – 5 PM

Broadcast: MSG Network

HEADLINES

Tina Charles scored a game-high 24 points and hauled in 11 rebounds to lead the Liberty to an 87-76 win over Dallas in the 2016 season opener. It was career double-double No. 110 for Charles.

Sugar Rodgers provided a huge spark off the bench in Saturday’s win over the Dallas Wings, as she poured in 19 points with three 3-pointers. Rodgers filled up the stat sheet, also tallying 4 steals, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.

• New York struck a deal with Dallas for 2015 second overall pick Amanda Zahui B. and a 2017 second round pick for the  Liberty’s 2017 first round pick on May 11. Zahui B. averaged 3.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg during her rookie season. In New York’s season opener, Zahui B. played six minutes.

• New York acquired All-Star guard Shoni Schimmel from the Atlanta Dream on May 2 in exchange for the Liberty’s 2017 second round draft pick. Schimmel is a two-time All-Star with career-averages of 8.0 ppg and 1.5 3-pointers per game.

• The Liberty lost the 2015 season series to the Wings 0-2 and has an extensive history against the franchise from when it was the Detroit Shock. The Wings lead the all-time series 30-25 and the last 10 games are tied 5-5.

CHARLES TURNS 200

Sunday’s game against the Dallas Wings will be career game played No. 200, and start No. 200, for New York Liberty star forward Tina Charles. Charles, who ranks 39th in WNBA history in scoring (3,437) and 17th in rebounding (2,029) is a four-time All-Star and was named MVP in 2012. She is second in league history with 110-career double-doubles and her 10.2 rebounds per game are first all time, while her career scoring average of 17.3 ppg is 10th.

LET’S MAKE IT TWO

The Liberty complete a season-opening back-to-back when it hosts the Dallas Wings at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening. After winning its season opener at Washington on Saturday, New York will look to improve to 2-0 for what would be the first time since the 2011 season.

ZELLOUS 2K

Shavonte Zellous is closing in on a career milestone as one of the newest members of the Liberty is just one point shy of 2,000 for her career. Now in her eighth WNBA season, Zellous has a career average of 9.3 ppg. Last season, she averaged 8.4 ppg in Indiana, and her career-best came in 2013, when she was a WNBA All-Star for the Eastern Conference and averaged 14.7 ppg. She had eight points in the 87-76 win at Washington in her Liberty debut.

RIGHT WHERE SHE LEFT OFF

It was more of the same for Kiah Stokes in the 2016 season opener as she finished with three blocked shots, and is already closing in on cracking the top-10 in franchise history. In 35 games played, Stokes has 70 blocks, 10 off that No. 10 spot. Last season, she set a Liberty franchise record with 67 blocked shots, finishing ranked fourth in the league averaging 1.9 blocks per game.

NEW YORK LIBERTY PAINTING COMPANY

Last season, New York dominated the interior, outscoring its opponents in the paint in 28-of-34 games played, posting a 20-8 mark in those contests. The Liberty was right back at it in the opener at Washington, dominating in the post with a +20 advantage inside, outscoring the Mystics 42-22.

SHARING IS CARING

Led by Lindsey Harding’s game-high seven assists, New York did an outstanding job of distributing the basketball in its season opener against Washington, handing out 23 assists on 32 field goals. Four different players (Harding, Tina Charles, Tanisha Wright, Brittany Boyd) had at least three assists on the night.